Microsoft is killing off Windows 11 Subsystem for Android after a messy rollout | Laptop News

Microsoft has quietly updated its support document to confirm that the Windows Subsystem for Android is going away. Yes, the ability to run Android and games on PC, one of the “flagship” features of Windows 11 and heavily promoted by Microsoft former executive Panos Panay, is being depreciated.

In an update to its support document, Microsoft has announced it will stop supporting the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) by March 5, 2025. This means the Amazon Appstore on Windows and any games or apps that need the Android subsystem won’t work after that date.

“Microsoft is ending support for the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA). As a result, the Amazon Appstore on Windows and all applications and games dependent on WSA will no longer be supported beginning March 5, 2025,” Microsoft noted in an update to its support document.

This news could come as a shock to many, but I saw this coming. According to sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans, WSA adoption was too low, and the company decided to pull the plug.

That’s still a classic Microsoft move. As noted by former Microsoft dev Michael Niehaus on X, “the cycle is all too common” – Microsoft release something half-baked or with a limited audience, no one uses it, feature gets discontinued.”

Windows Subsystem for Android rollout was a mess

Windows Subsystem for Android was announced during the Windows 11 launch event, but when the OS began shipping on stable systems, the WSA was noticeably missing from the release. It wasn’t until four months after the launch of Windows 11 that the WSA finally made its debut, but only in the United States.

This limited rollout began with updates for Windows…

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